In Memory of Asok Bandyopadhyay 2015
28.11.2015 - Saturday (5 pm)
(Jibananda Sabhaghar - behind NANDAN)
7th Asok Bandyopadhyay Memorial Lecture
by Swapnamoy Chakraborty
Scientific Awareness and Bengali Mind
Song by Pratul Mukhopadya - Click
Speech by Swapnamoy Chakraborty - Click
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programme started with the opening song by Pratul
Mukhopadhyay, followed by two songs by Rajasree Bhattacharyya.
She mesmerised the entire audience by her fine-tuned voice,
which made the Speaker (Swapnamoy Chakraborty) sob. The
Asok Bandopadhyay's 1995 interview by Rajagopal
Chattopadhyay was released by Niranjan Biswas of Bara Jaguli
by handing over the same to Asok's elder brothers Dr. Dwijadas
Bandyopadhyay and Tapan Kumar Bandyopadhyay.
After a very brief
introduction by Paromita, Swapnamoy Chakraborty started
delivering his long 2-hour speech recollecting his cordial
relationship with Asok, who left All India Radio to take up
his new assignment at State Forensic Laboratory. He narrated
lucidly how he was absorbed by AIR as a replacement of Asok.
He even recollected the song sung by Misti (Asok's daughter)
on his father's 1st memorial meeting at Students' Hall,
College Street. He again bursted into tears and fumbled for a
few moment. Emotional discharge writ large on his face.
The lecture started
after informal talks and that style was followed throughout
the entire course. The Speaker drew reference from different
areas, the Vedas, old history on religious belief and his
personal experience. The Hall (Jibananda Sabhaghar) was full
to the capacity, many persons were seen standing behind.
Nearly 80+ persons were there with 20+ floating listeners. As
usual average age group was 50+ with significant number of
Some new faces were seen in the audience.
The day before was the birth day of noted rationalist M. M.
Kalburgi (28.11.1938) who was murdered on 23.08.2015 in the
outskirts of Bangalore. We kept two photographs of MMK to show
our respect to this great man. As usual Asok's framed
photograph was placed on the dais to make it visible from all
sides. The entire speech was recorded and uploaded on this